This space pays tribute to the people who helped shape Grand Valley.
Deborah Bambini, retired faculty member
Deborah Bambini, professor emeritus of nursing, died February 4, 2022, after a brief battle with cancer. She was 60.
Bambini retired in November and earned emeritus status after serving Grand Valley for more than 25 years. She helped to expand the Kirkhof College of Nursing, including planning for the college's move into the DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health.
Through her leadership, Bambini created a Faculty Simulation Team, mentored faculty to become simulation education certified and expanded simulation learning in KCON’s undergraduate and graduate programs.
Bambini's family has established a GVSU scholarship in her name. The Deborah R. Bambini Nursing Scholarship supports nursing students.
Sandra Sall, retired staff member
Sandra Sall, former Disability Support Services secretary, died January 17, 2022. She was 83.
Sall worked at Grand Valley from 1985-2006. She enjoyed meeting the needs of students engaged with the disability support office.
Memorial contributions can be made at LOVE Inc. of Allendale, Allendale Christian School or Unity Christian High School.
Jean Waldo Dixon, retired staff member
Jean Waldo Dixon, former human resources assistant, died January 13, 2022. She was 91.
Dixon worked in Human Resources for 21 years, from 1972-1993. Dixon lived in Fruitport and served as the first female president of Tri-Cities United Way. She also served on the board of directors for the United Way of Michigan, and for Child and Family Services.
After retirement, she moved back to her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. She became director of the chorus for the Lewis Center for Senior Citizens, singing at numerous nursing homes for 21 years.
Kenneth DeWild, retired staff member
Kenneth DeWild, retired copy services operator, died January 1, 2022. He was 84.
DeWild began working at Grand Valley in 1988 and retired in 2004. A Vietnam veteran, DeWild earned a Good Conduct Medal. He volunteered for many organizations, including the American Red Cross, Ducks Unlimited, Amateur Trapshooting Association, area churches and Eagle's Wings.
Robert Hager, retired staff member
Robert Hager, former custodian, died on December 30, 2021. He was 74.
Hager worked for Grand Valley from 1978-1998. Memorial contributions can be given to the Muskegon Rescue Mission.
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This article was last edited on February 21, 2022 at 12:2 p.m.